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Jesus Henry Christ (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy | April 2011 (USA)
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At the age of ten, Henry James Herman, a boy who was conceived in a petri-dish and raised by his feminist mother, follows a string of Post-It notes in hopes of finding his biological father.



(screenplay), (short film)
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Frank Moore ...
Stan Herman
Sarah Orenstein ...
Mother Herman
Tim Herman
Tom Herman
Jimmy Herman
Lucca Tilbenny-Agate ...
Protest Little Girl
Peggi Tilbenny ...
Protest Mother
Delivery Room Doctor
Jack Newman ...
Stan's Cohort #1
Jack Jessop ...
Stan's Cohort #2


Henry is a precocious young boy, conceived in a petri-dish, raised by his single mother, Patricia, and is smarter than all of his peers. However, the one question he can't answer is, who is his father? Henry's attempts at locating his father lead him to Dr. Slavkin O'Hara, a university professor who has decided to raise his daughter, Audrey, as a psychology experiment in a world free of gender bias. Patricia starts fearing that she's losing her son, Audrey wishes she didn't have a father, Dr. O'Hara has no idea how to keep his daughter happy, and Henry may just have found the family he was looking for. Written by napierslogs

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Finding yourself can be a group effort.



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Rated PG-13 for some violent images, language and smoking | See all certifications »

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April 2011 (USA)  »

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$8,065 (USA) (20 April 2012)


$8,065 (USA) (20 April 2012)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Henry James Herman: Why are any of us here? What is the purpose of our being?
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Version of Jesus Henry Christ (2003) See more »


What's In It For?
Written by Arigdor Zahner-Isenberg
Performed by Ari Buffalo
Published by Ari Buffalo Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Sub Pop Records
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Eccentricity and precociousness put to the paternal test with hilarious results
2 July 2012 | by (Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Jesus Henry Christ" is a quirky indie comedy with a genetics, homosexuality and heresy bent. It starts off with heavy '70s-influenced comedy which you just have to hustle through to get to the heart of the story. The plot might seem a bit eccentric, but that is probably necessary if the comedy is going to be actually funny. Henry is a genius test-tube baby. He might be a freak but his mother (Toni Collette) wants to raise him normally.

Obviously Henry doesn't have many friends; that's why he's the classic indie protagonist. It also doesn't help that Catholic school headmasters don't like it when he denounces God's existence. Henry has always been able to handle himself just fine until the question of who his father is keeps popping up.

The introductions of his probable half-sister (Samantha Weinstein) and father (Michael Sheen) are possibly the funniest and most brilliant character set-up scenes. Audrey is Dr. Slavkin O'Hara's natural daughter but has decided to raise her as a psychology experiment in a world free of gender bias. Needless to say, she wishes she didn't have a father. Weinstein was uniquely beautiful and sympathetically hilarious as an adolescent with the hardest life imaginable. Sheen was funny, original and amazingly empathetic as a father/professor that is a perfect mix of 30 Rock's Wesley Snipes and the pedantic one from Midnight in Paris.

The spinning camera choices get annoying, the character and situation oddities can be off-putting, but it's also damn hilarious especially if you like anything that tries to turn "normal" social and cultural values upside down. "Jesus Henry Christ" is clever, particularly well-acted by most of the cast, and so original that you stare in disbelief but then laugh-out-loud out of awkwardness, relatability and genuine appreciation.

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